We All Have A Story

A few moments of reflection into our past and it doesn’t take long to recall the powerful relationships, moments, and memories that significantly shaped who we are today. Thankfully, our stories aren’t complete. The Holy Spirit is constantly at work in us and through us, and as we walk with Jesus, He is transforming us into men and women in His likeness. 


Since the founding of CPA, there has been a driving passion for the transformation of young men and women through excellent Christian education for the advancement of the Kingdom of God — accomplished by playing an integral role in the lives of students and families. Every day over 1,200 students come to campus, each one a unique creation, with a unique design, and a unique story — each in the process of transformation. We now have over 1,700 alumni out in the world engaging the contemporary culture. Each one, a Transforming Story. 

With exceptional programmatic growth over the last five years, we find ourselves at a crossroads regarding the student experience at CPA. We need spaces that will give access to the people and programs that significantly facilitate the transformative process envisioned since our doors opened in September 1985. 


After two years of prayer, planning, and preparation, we are excited to launch Transforming Stories: The Campaign for Christ Presbyterian Academy. 


We hope you will join the story and envision the future relationships and experiences that will shape generations of students for years to come, each one a part of God’s larger story of redemption and renewal. 

Through the development of an in-depth campus-wide master plan, the building is recognized as the new “front door” for the CPA campus. The approach and siting of the building give clear  orientation to the academic campus, now more visible from Old Hickory Boulevard. Approaching the building on foot, the layering of hardscape and landscape serve to buffer the Arts building from automobile traffic and reorients visitors to a now pedestrian-centric campus. Expanding the entry sequence to the Arts building, celebrates the school’s idyllic pastoral setting and fosters a sense of awe for God’s creation.

The interior of 550 seat theater creates a sense of intimacy for patrons. The lighter wood tones of the lobby give way to a warmer hue, which reinforces the sense of enclosure within the large space. Gentle curves of the balcony fronts and boxes tie to the curves found in the lobby, and serve to give the space a sense of drama, referential to classic Broadway theater houses. Centering the space, the ornate Proscenium Arch stands in contrast to the clean lines found elsewhere within the theater. Here, this design element subtly references CPA iconography, central to the school’s storytelling, while framing the action found onstage.

The prominent lobby blurs the line between indoors and out. It invites curiosity and wonder through both the grand scale of the space as well as the restraint found in its simple, sculptural gestures. Gentle curves found on the interior of the lobby are echoed within the Theater Auditorium. They represent the creative expression fostered within the building, and serve as a counterpoint to the orthogonal brick massing found throughout the campus architecture. The use of natural light within the lobby is central to its design and is manifest in two ways – through the direct visual connection to the outdoors through the expansive glass entrance faćade, to the skylight above the central Feature Wall, which reinforces a visitor’s connection heavenward. At night, the lobby is transformed into a glowing lantern, further reinforcing the Salt and Light ethos of the academy.

The Arts building forms the fourth side of a central outdoor quad, a transformative centerpiece for the campus. The quad will not only serve as the pedestrian connector between the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, but also as a place to congregate throughout the year. A central lawn will play host to both formal and informal gatherings and is flanked on one side by an elevated stage. Along the perimeter, added trees soften the edges of the quad, and create more intimate transitional moments amongst the buildings.  

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Christ Presbyterian Academy, an educational ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church, assists Christian families in helping students come to know God, evaluate all knowledge and all life by His truth, and live transformed by His truth for His glory.